Windell Oskay of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories removed the RFID circuit in a MasterCard PayPass and placed it into a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser. He calls it "Hello Credit."
One interesting thing is that the circuit board is incredibly thin -- approximately 1/4 the thickness of standard 1/16" circuit boards, which happens to be pretty close to the thickness of a standard credit card. It's flexible and fairly translucent. You do need to be a little bit careful because ceramic capacitors (like the ones on this board) have a tendency to break if you bend the board that they are soldered to.
Link (Via Neatorama)
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